David James Thornton, who left this earth at the age of 42 on July 18, 2023, in Nashville, TN. Originally born in Pine Bluff, AR on October 20, 1980, David was a cherished figure in his community, a loving father, a dedicated son, a beloved brother, and an invaluable friend to all those fortunate to have known him. David leaves behind his daughter Lailah Thornton, his beacon of joy. His surviving family members include his aunt, Mozelle Duckworth, his father, Robert Young Jr., and his siblings, Charlisa Thornton, Ashley Bryant (BJ), Mark Cox, Timothy Thornton (Kiwi), and Krystn Young. He was preceded in death by his mother, Penny Thornton.
David was the kind of man who filled the room with his joy and humor, always ready with a joke to share and a contagious laugh to follow. An avid singer, David lent his voice to several acapella gospel groups throughout his life, expressing his love for music and his faith simultaneously. His alma mater, Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, TX, was a backdrop for his choral journey, and it is there that he formed many enduring friendships, including a lifelong bond with his best friend Darwin Mason Jr. David was also a member of the esteemed Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
David lived a life of triumph and was a testament to the power of faith. His desire to share God's message and his positivity made a lasting impact on everyone he met. His loss leaves a void that cannot be filled, but his spirit and love for life will continue to inspire all those who knew him. David's legacy will be carried forward in every
life he touched, and he will be profoundly missed.